Weekly Freebies: R. AE Kaplan

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R. Avraham Eliyahu Kaplan was the brilliant, Telz-trained dean of the Hildesheimer Institute who died prematurely at the age of 34 in 1924. R. Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer wrote the following essay about R. Kaplan, describing his life and radical thoughts: link. The AishDas website contains links to a number of items related to R. Kaplan, including some essays, poems and music: link.

Specifically, R. Kaplan’s essays:

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. I notice that RYGB thanks Prof. Kaplan at the end of his essay. Does that imply that Prof. Kaplan is a descendant of R. Kaplan?

  2. Lawrence Kaplan

    I am not a descendant of Rav A. E. Kaplan, just a great admirer of his. Glad to see his writings are available online.

  3. It would be great if Prof Kaplan could translate beikvos hayirah….its difficult language but would benefit a lot of people

  4. Lawrence Kaplan

    Avrohom: Actually, I’ve considered it.

  5. Well if I can help in pushing you, will gladly oblige. I’ve read a few parts of the sefer but find the language very difficult and am sure many other people find the same. The content though is remarkable.

  6. Lawrence Kaplan

    Avrohom: Contact me at [email protected]

  7. I second Avrohom.

  8. By the way, here’s a short biography on Rabbi Kaplan: http://www.artscroll.com/images/insides/gjlh-7.html#view-link

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